SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center’s Community Council will host an Empowerment Luncheon featuring Chris Gavagan at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center on October 10, from 11:30-1:30pm.
A chance meeting with a hockey coach over twenty years ago uniquely qualified Chris Gavagan to tell the stories in Coached into Silence, a documentary about sexual abuse within the world of organized sports. In it, we will hear the stories of a diverse group of athletes whom the system failed to protect. Far more sinister than those failures of prevention, this film will shed light on the organizational, institutional and legal systems which have conspired to silence the victims while protecting profits, reputations and in some cases, the predators themselves.
Yet these clear cases of such clear-cut wrongs are the exceptions. It is rarely that simple. Much more often it is a combination of subtle failures by well-intentioned individuals which have prevented the proper actions from being taken to protect children in their care.
Drawing on lessons learned from 4 years of research and production on Coached into Silence, conversations with hundreds of survivors, parents, experts, and drawing on his personal experience as a victim of sexual abuse by a coach, he will discuss the ways that we as individuals and as a society unwittingly silence ourselves, and how those obstacles can be overcome.
Registration is $20 and includes lunch. To register, visit http://safepath.org/events/happenings%20.